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Forum: Multicultural Families   07-10-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By PacificMar
I agree with Tracyamber--we put sunscreen on our...

I agree with Tracyamber--we put sunscreen on our toddler whenever she's in direct sunlight, such as in the park or garden, on the beach, or when going on a sunny hike. We use an ecologically...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-27-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By PacificMar
It makes me so sad that these life-limiting...

It makes me so sad that these life-limiting stereotypes haven't gone the way of the dinosaurs (which, other than the propensity of some species for eating early mammals, would be more fun to have...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   05-27-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,932
Posted By PacificMar
"Here, this peach tastes better than that...

"Here, this peach tastes better than that license plate."
"The cat doesn't want you to pick his nose." 
Forum: Multicultural Families   02-20-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 50,662
Posted By PacificMar
Here's our daughter Luthien (on the right)...

Here's our daughter Luthien (on the right) playing with her friend Jade. http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/324963/width/500/height/700/flags/LL...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 12,260
Posted By PacificMar
I'm with you, Darwinphish--our daughter is 14.5...

I'm with you, Darwinphish--our daughter is 14.5 months old and we call her the Klingon (depending on whether she's got a death grip on the right or left leg of my trousers, she's on the starboard or...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 105
Posted By PacificMar
My little girl is an "air plant" who prefers...

My little girl is an "air plant" who prefers grazing over having meals, although she will chow down on things she adores, such as guacamole. She likes to carry pieces of fruit or vegetables around...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By PacificMar
Our 14.5 month-old is also a frequent nurser....

Our 14.5 month-old is also a frequent nurser. Some of it is for nourishment, as she's still an "air plant" in terms of eating solid foods, grazing more than eating a meal (she likes to carry around...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-19-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 849
Posted By PacificMar
It drives me crazy that clothing companies...

It drives me crazy that clothing companies assume every little girl wants to be a princess, even if she's too young to get the concept! I was born in 1970, during the heyday of the gender-free...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   01-06-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By PacificMar
Our 13-month-old is also fascinated with cat...

Our 13-month-old is also fascinated with cat litter. We use a wheat litter, so it's harmless if she eats it (she does not appear to be gluten-sensitive), as long as it's not, um, used. We clean the...
Forum: Spirituality   12-23-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By PacificMar
I'm sure this is too late, but if not, I think...

I'm sure this is too late, but if not, I think this is both a beautiful explanation of traditions around becoming Bat Mitzvah and an inclusive list of etiquette pointers. Having worked with young...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-04-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,122
Posted By PacificMar
Like the other posters, I have both fond and...

Like the other posters, I have both fond and exhausted memories of our daughter's nursing constantly during her first weeks of life. (She is now an active 10-month-old who still loves to nurse.) She...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-02-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,558
Posted By PacificMar
Are there any 40-and-over mothers of little ones...

Are there any 40-and-over mothers of little ones out there? I'm 42 and have a delightful ten-month-old, Luthien, who's currently commando-crawling all over. We also have an older daughter, Kathryn,...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-15-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,246
Posted By PacificMar
I just bought these books from La Leche League: ...

I just bought these books from La Leche League:

You, Me and the Breast: This is a sweet story about the breastfeeding relationship, with fun paintings. I never managed to do all of the things...
Forum: Breastfeeding   08-14-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,415
Posted By PacificMar
I was born in 1970, and my parents were...

I was born in 1970, and my parents were iconoclasts in many ways: Mom had an unmedicated childbirth for both my brother and me, and she breastfed each of us for about two years. Because my brother...
Forum: Parenting   07-31-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,138
Posted By PacificMar
Oh, I should explain...the toilet-training book...

Oh, I should explain...the toilet-training book made all these sounds when you press a button with an image of the object, such as the toilet. Argh!
Forum: Parenting   07-31-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,138
Posted By PacificMar
Our daughter is at the board-book age (eight...

Our daughter is at the board-book age (eight months)--she's fascinated by books, since my husband, our older daughter, and I read constantly, but only board books can survive her oral exploration...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-15-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 890
Posted By PacificMar
Our cats are wonderful with our baby. Some of...

Our cats are wonderful with our baby. Some of them flee from her loud sounds, but otherwise they treat her like their kitten, washing her and cuddling up next to her (with supervision). The other...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-15-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 24,742
Posted By PacificMar
We have a bamboo floor and when our baby was...

We have a bamboo floor and when our baby was tiny, we used an old fabric yoga mat with baby quilts on top. Once she began sitting up and rolling over, we bought her an organic-cotton futon, which...
Forum: Life With a Baby   06-19-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 143
Posted By PacificMar
Our daughter Luthien has never been much of a...

Our daughter Luthien has never been much of a daytime sleeper either. She's now almost seven months and as LilyTiger described, because she can sit up and entertain herself with her toys while my...
Forum: Babywearing   06-03-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By PacificMar
Yay, Ronart, I'm so relieved that I'm not the...

Yay, Ronart, I'm so relieved that I'm not the only person who experiences hilarious misreadings and mental images like this. I always seem to come up with the wackiest way of envisioning something,...
Forum: Babywearing   06-03-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By PacificMar
My daughter had the same problem when her legs...

My daughter had the same problem when her legs were shorter, but because it was still early spring at the time, I was able to pull her pant legs down to cushion her. They were riding up when I put...
Forum: Parenting   05-28-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 5,979
Posted By PacificMar
As a physician, I see children of all shapes,...

As a physician, I see children of all shapes, and although I share my colleagues' concern about the heath consequences of obesity, I'm also concerned that overweight children end up bearing the...
Forum: Multicultural Families   05-28-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 938
Posted By PacificMar
My husband and I are older parents (he's 51, I'm...

My husband and I are older parents (he's 51, I'm 42, and our daughter is almost six months), and we haven't had to deal with racist family members simply because they were all elderly and died...
Forum: Parenting   05-28-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,115
Posted By PacificMar
My gynecology teacher in medical school shared...

My gynecology teacher in medical school shared her wisdom on hormones and emotions We were talking about premenstrual mood swings, and she said that she considered them an opportunity for women to...
Forum: Parenting   05-27-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,115
Posted By PacificMar
Ronart, I appreciate your starting this thread....

Ronart, I appreciate your starting this thread. It's refreshing to have a father participating in these natural-parenting forums.
My husband and I have known each other for almost 30 years and were...
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